Point taken... but Nas is versatile... he changed up his styles on "I Am" and "Street's Disciple"... maybe not as versatile as Jay, but he has more depth... which should weigh more to me. Versatility with no depth is pointless... just like innovation with no influence. Not an outright bite, but he was definitely influenced by Nas... and Biggie and Big L... (see my reply to Sparticus. ) Also, Jay will admit this himself, when Illmatic dropped, nobody was a bigger fan (Stan) of Nas than Jay. I will ACCEPT that he has two classics, but personally, I feel he has none... and I don't see The Black Album being a contender at all.